Valentine’s Day for a woman on her own can be hard. She feels especially alone when everyone else is getting flowers and candy or going out for dinner with their men. We found a way to reach out to these women and remind them that they are cared for and that God loves them.
This ministry is very dear to my heart. For the last 10 years a few friends and I have made Valentines for the widows and single women in our Church and neighbourhoods.
I love to bake and my best friend is very creative so we combine our efforts. I bake a dessert that tastes great and she comes up with the packaging that makes it look fabulous. Sometimes we purchase candies or chocolates and repackage them. We always include a scripture verse or perhaps a little tract that reminds them that God loves them and they are never alone. The week before Valentine’s Day we choose a day and meet with a few friends and assemble the gifts. We usually have lunch and laugh as we work together.
This year we made heart shaped brownies and drizzled white chocolate across the top.
We found a cute heart shaped little bag at the Dollar store and added some pretty ribbon.
My friend found a pattern for a folding envelope using a large piece of scrapbooking paper. She did some special cutting and we added 2 chocolate hearts.
We placed the brownie inside the envelope and inserted a love letter from God.
Then we added a tag and closed the envelope with gold tape.
Our Valentine gifts are shared with 70 women in our Church and community.
The average cost of our gift is $1.50 each. However, there is no price we can place on the warm hugs and sweet smiles we see from the women who receive our Valentines.
My challenge to you is to consider ministering to the widows and single women in your Church and community! Your ministry doesn’t have to be the same as ours. Let God speak to your heart!
I want to encourage you with the scriptures we shared this year!
My beloved daughter:
I have loved you with a love that is everlasting.
I take great delight in you. The quietness of my love will calm you. I will sing with joy because of you.
I am the LORD your God. I take hold of your right hand. I say to you, “Do not be afraid. I will help you.”
I will guide you and teach you the way you should go.
I will give you good advice and watch over you.
I will never leave you. I’ll never desert you.
Your Heavenly Father
Jeremiah 31:3, Zephaniah 3:17, Isaiah 41:13, Psalm 32:8 Deuteronomy 31:6c
TODAY’S little STEP: Remember that you are a beloved daughter of the King! Share His love with others!
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